A Letter from God

A little over a week ago, I had the privilege of spending the weekend with a group of 115 or so women. Together, we underwent a soul makeover, learning to see ourselves through the eyes of God. Even though I was the one at the front of the room speaking, I also learned so much! In one of our sessions, we spent some quiet time in listening prayer. One woman shared a letter she wrote, from God to herself, that resonated with us all. I promised to share it here, for them and for you. And for me, too. You can download & print the letter, or read it below... With love, My Dearest … Read More...

Life Shouldn’t be so HARD!

Recently, friends have been asking me for advice...about marriage and parenting. (Ha! The irony. They think I know something about these things!) My friends are worn out, beaten down, broken, and ready to throw in the towel. They want to quit. They want to start fresh. They want a manual. They want help. They just plain want life to stop being so HARD. Anyone else? (Tyler raises her hand!) I recall those years of our marriage. The days when arguing and criticizing were the only words spoken and any remaining hours were spent in stony silence. When the daily hurt seemed more than I could … Read More...

A Fresh Start for 2014

Today is the last day of my 35th year,* and still one of the early days of the fresh, new year...And thoughts of fresh starts are on my mind. I love fresh starts. Monday is my favourite day of the week. I look forward to the first of every month. The new year (January) and the new school year (September) are the most exciting pages in my calendar. The idea of forgetting the past and moving ahead with new plans, new hopes, new dreams, and new goals is truly beautiful. Each fresh start is an opportunity to re-write the future. The problem is that I keep re-starting the same things over … Read More...

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Year in Review – 2013

Do you make New Year's Resolutions? Last year I resolved to truly live, to be in the moment rather than looking back or waiting for the next thing, to say yes more, to do life with joy. Two-thousand thirteen was a hard year, but looking back, I actually think I (mostly) stuck to my resolution! Did I play more board games with the kids? Maybe not. But I did get off my butt to go biking, swimming, camping, hiking, walking, and more with them and my handsome man. Did I take more time for coffee with friends? Maybe not. But I did try, and I feel okay with that. Did I start living in today … Read More...

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Making Time?

  "We make time for the things that are most important to us." ~Unknown I call BS. (pardon the language) I am guilty of saying it, buying into it, believing it. But the truth is that making time for things - even things deeply important - is sometimes impossible. You see, sometimes there are just too many things that are important, too many things we truly desire to accomplish, and we cannot fit them in. Other times, we become paralyzed, unable to move forward on even one or two necessary tasks, let alone the many important things. And yet other times, we just need to … Read More...